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good morning. tragedy averted. 23 students and a teacher released without harm after being held hostage by a 15-year-old classmate armed with a gun. >> we were talking to him about hunting, fishing, movies, anything that could keep the nversation going, we just wanted to be on his good side. >> this morning a student who was inside talks about the terrifying or deal. president obama sits down with the republican leadership for the first time since the republicans took control of the house as the wikileaks scandal
widens. and the preview of a show, spider-man turn off the dark. and the preview of a show, spider-man turn off the dark. "today," november 30, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning, i'm meredith viera. >> classes at maren ette school. >> it all began around 3:00 in the morning when a 15-year-old sophomore pulled out a handgun inside a classroom where 23 students were watching a movie. >> the standoff lasted well into
the night and when police eventually stormed in with most of the students still being held inside, the hostage taker shot himself. >> let's get to kevin tibbles with the very latest. >> reporter: well those students are being commended this morning not only for their calm but for their quick thinking. there were president 23 people in the classroom including the student when a 15-year-old student pulled out two handguns amend started holding the class hostage. what he did do was make everyone put their cell phone in the middle of the room, including his own and when his own cell phone started to ring, meredith, he sort of broke it in half and disabled it. he was not taking any calls from anyone. so what did the students do? they started to engage him in conversation, from everything from fishing to the holidays and the like, trying to keep him calm. one of the students has told us this boy was known to them, he
was friends with them, as a matter of fact there were some of his best friends in the classroom. one of his students had a bright idea, that perhaps could are saved his life. that is that he asked to go to the bathroom. >> we were talking to him about hunting, fishing, movies, anything that would keep us on his good side. he walked for hours, he was laughing with us, holding conversation. but he also seemed kind of depressed. i asked if i could go to the bathroom. i didn't have to go, i just wanted to see if i could get out. he said, yeah, leave. and then four other people got out, i guess. and then he fired three more shots and then the s.w.a.t. guys rammed the door in with a battering ram and all the kids got out safe, thank god.
>> it's a town of about 12,000 people, right near the border of the peninsula of upper michigan. after the gunmen fired those three shots, after the initial five students were allowed out, that is when the police broke down the door and went inside, that is when this young gunman who has not been identified to us except that he is a 15-year-old. that is when he shot himself. there are no details this time this morning as to what his condition is. but many people in marionette this morning is very grateful that they have been reunited with their young children today. as you just mentioned, the school is closed for classes as they try to deal with this near tragedy. >> trying to figure out why he did this. kevin tibbles, thank you so much. it is 7:04 and now here's matt. now to washington and the release of hundreds of thousands
of government documents obtained by wikileaks. andrea mitchell has details on this. >> reporter: citing significant damage to our national security t white house directed government agencies to start restricting government access to classified information, just as secretary clinton arrived for an overseas trip today. before leaving washington, hillary clinton said the u.s. deeply regrets the leaks and condemns the action. >> there's nothing great about sabotaging the peaceful relationships between nations on which our common security depends. >> reporter: clinton had already scheduled a meeting with one of the officials involved, the turkish foreign minister who described the cables as exceptionally dangerous. robert gibbs called the leaks criminal. >> the president was with an
understatement not pleased with this information becoming public. >> reporter: pact the justice department says there is a criminal investigation underway. >> to the extent we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of american law and who has put at risk the assets and the people that i have described, they will be held responsible. >> reporter: many of the cables deal with the most critical hot spots around the world. some of the cables revealed that south korean officials sold a u.n. ambassador there that the counthe -- surprised the u.s. by north korea's nuclear advances and military steps. journalist with wikileaks defends the document dump. >> there's lots of titles that have significance that cover issues folks really care about. that's got to be what starteded this story and that's what makes this a story of public interest.
>> reporter: but current and foreign officials say the damage from the documents given to wikileaks by private first class bradley manning is enormous. >> we're going to be in trouble in the future by now having to go back and being more restrictive. >> reporter: sarah palin writes, how is it possible that a 22-year-old private first class could get unrestricted access to so much highly sensitive information and how is it possible that he could copy and distribute these files without anyone noticing that security was compromised? the justice department is looking into the possibility of legal action, experts say it will be very difficult to prosecute wikileaks without going after prominent news organizations that published the cables. >> just who is army first class
bradley manning, the man suspected of leaking all of these documents? jim miklaszewski has that part of the story. >> reporter: even as a kid, friends describe bradley manning as a computer geek who held strong opinions and wasn't afraid to express them. but at first glance, he appears the most unlikely suspect. with a youthful smile looking barely old enough to even be in the military, 23-year-old army pfc bradley manning is at the center of the worldwide wikileaks storm. he's in custody charged with providing wikileaks with this classified video, a u.s. helicopter gun ship attack in baghdad that killed a number of iraqi civilians. but the more serious charges accuse manning of leaking tens of thousands of state department cables. but how is that possible? as an intelligence agent in
baghdad, manning downloaded classified files on to a cd while pretending to be listening to lady gaga. he then uploaded the documents on to his personal computer. why would he possibly do it? ginger thompson profiled manning and found that as a young man he was an outcast who tried desperately to fit in. >> as a young kid, he was teased all the time in elementary school for being a geek. when he was in high school, he got beat up often because kids figureded out that he was gay. >> reporter: his father a career soldier reportedly kicked manning out of their house in crescent, oklahoma. friends say manning joined the army to impress his father. but once in the military, he quickly became a target. >> as a gay man in the military, he was outcast and he was, you know, teased and harassed.
>> reporter: thompson says manning retreated into the cyber world where he became an accomplished actor and in the middle of the iraq war became more and more politically motivated. >> i think he was driven more than anything by his desire to do something important. >> reporter: neither bradley's family or his lawyers are talking. he's being held under maximum security at the quantico marine base outside of washington where military officials say he's in good spirits and spends most of his day reading books and following news about this story. now the military is preparing to hold a hearing to determine if he's actually mentally competent to stand trial and he could face additional charges. if convicted on any of these charges, he could spend the rest of his life in a military prison. >> the wikileaks documents could come up when president obama sits down with republican congressional leaders at the white house this morning. it's their first meeting since
the gop won control of the house in the midterm elections. nbc's white house correspondent savannah guthrie has the latest on this. >> reporter: this is not one of those washington photo-opes where everyone knows the outcome of the meeting before it happens. the two sides have to find a compromise on those expiring bush tax cuts but they seem as polarized as ever. setting the stage for today's sit down with republican leaders, president obama on monday offered a challenge to the opposition. >> we now have a shared responsibility to deliver for the american people on the issues that define not only these times, but our future and i hope we can do that in a cooperative and serious way. >> the house will be nord. >> reporter: as congress returns for its final week, issue number one, the battle over the bush tax rates which expire at the end of the year, republicans want to make the lower tax rates permanent. the president wants to keep the middle class rates intact.
but let taxes go up for families making over $250,000 a year, arguing it will shave $700 billion from the deficit. but the democrats downplay that this is a major break through for republicans today. >> i don't think this will be the last conversation that this group has on taxes this year. >> reporter: complicating the picture, division among democrats on how to compromise, some say all the tax rates should be frozen temporarily, others say the rates should rise but only for millionaires, some want the white house to hold the line, but the political reality of a massive midterm defeat is hitting home. >> democrats just suffered some really tough losses in that midterm election, so their testosterone levels are a little low right now. i think they're going to be inclined just to throw in the towel on this and go along with the tax cuts for a year. >> reporter: the president also
announced yesterday he is freezing the pay for international troops for two years, the white house says that will save two billion for the remaining fiscal year, $28 billion over five years. republicans claim it was their idea, democrats were largely silent, but are critical of that move. >> the newly elected house majority leader, congressman kenner, good to see you. before we talk about specifics of this meeting today, let's talk about tone, there's a lot of mistrust between the two parties, some battle scars between the two sides. are you looking for compromise or confrontation? >> we're walking into the room with the realization that we're not going to agree with the president on everything. but we do hope that we can out of this meeting today lead with a resolve to try and address the economy, and one of the most important things we can do there
is to ensure that taxes and rates don't go up for anybody right now while we have some unemployment. >> could you not see possibly raising taxes just a little bit on the people who make $250,000 a year or if you want to leave those in place, perhaps raise taxes a little bit on people who make over a million dollars a year? >> you know, matt, i think what we heard on november 2 from the people of this country is number one they want to see washington start producing results so i'm hoping this meeting at the white house is going to be in that direction and different from those in the past that we can actually set aside some of the ideological extremes and come together where most americans are. we want to make sure that we're doing everything to get people back to work right now and that means we have got to ensure that taxes don't go up on anybody, especially on the small businesses that we're expecting to create jobs so we can finally bring the unemployment down. >> so what you're telling me is
no compromise whatsoever on the bush era tax cuts? >> one of the things that's going to happen in january, either taxes go up or they stay the same. nobody's getting a tax cut here. so there's no compromise on that particular issue. we're just saying that we don't think tax rates should go up when we're suffering in such an economy. >> you talk about the message sent by midterm voters, one of those messages is they want to cut spending. let me try this again with you congressman, are you willing to perhaps raise the social security retirement age, are you willing to make cuts in medicare, are you willing to make cuts in defense spending? are any of those issues on the table? >> we have got to have everything on the table right now, matt, that's also what we heard from the people on november 2, is that washington's got to start working with the people again and not the other way around. everything should be on the table, i don't think we should
leave any stone unturned while we're trying to do what most people in this country have done which is to tighten the belt and to try and live within our means. >> let me talk about a little bit subject all together. the long serving congressman from new york, it could either be reprimand or censure, censure being the toughest of those two punishments. how will you vote. >> we'll have to see how this unfolds, but as you know, matt, the committee that heard the testimony has recommended the toughest -- the toughest sentence which is sen chucensur obviously these are pretty grave allegations and now the committee has found mr. rangel guilty of those. >> so you agree with that committee's recommendations, will you vote for censure? >> i will look to see how this comes forward, but i will make sure that the recommendations
from the committee are that these censures are carried through. i would, yes, support the toughest punishment as per the committee's recommendation. >> thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> so that's a yes? >> i think this was a yes. let's get a check of the rest of the morning top stories, ann curry back at her post. hey, darling, nice to see you. in the news, there is renewed hope for diplomacy as u.s.-south korean war games are keeping the tensions in that area at a fevered pitch. china would be in favor of a united korean peninsula run by the south. the united states and two major
allies also agree to meet in washington on this issue. the somali born teenager who attempted a car bombing says he was a victim of the fbi who says they monitored his actions for month. the tremblor struck deep under ground off the southern coast of japan, the japanese authorities say there is no danger of a tsunami. police in michigan say that the father of three missing boys has no established relationship with the woman he claims was watching his children when they disappeared last week. john skeleton says he dropped his kids off request a woman he identified with joanne taylor. the three boys disappeared last friday and police say they are in, quote, extreme dampbnger. tornado watches continue in the area throughout the rest of
this morning. the nfl is fining two players $25,000 each after andre johnson of the houston texans and portly finnigan duked it out on the field. the two tussled until they got separated by the referees. somebody needs to learn how to meditate. >> hey, mr. roker. >> we could tussle like that. >> yeah, let's see it. >> not so much. let's see what's going on, unfortunately that severe weather that ann was talking about going on again this morning, we have got the risk of tornadoes, we have got tornado watches from new orleans all the way just to the west of atlanta and look at this line of
thunderstorms extends almost 1,200 miles up into the northeast. we have rainfall amounts, in fact flood watches and flood warnings stretching from north carolina on into the interior sections of new york state, rainfall amounts anywhere from two to four >> good morning. rain is in our forecast as well. if it is not raining in your house said, it will be eventually this morning. rain moving in for everybody pretty high temperatures in the mid-to-upper-50's. a curtain -- some theater
goers say it's created more time to untangle a wen of problems. anne thompson is outside the fox woods theater. good morning to you, ann. >> reporter: there has been exactly one performance of spider-man turn off the dark, a preview performance on sunday, and though opening night is still six weeks away, this show already has the theatrical world buzzing. based on the legendary comic book hero, with music and lyrics by youtube's bono and the edge has a $5 mi million dollar pric. >> no one on broadway has everybody seen a show this complicated, this expensive and frankly in this much trouble. >> reporter: the kind of ink that keeps producers up at
night. >> we set 42 previews because we thought that's what it needed. one down, 41 to go. >> the show started 24 minutes late, had to be stopped five times and ran more than 3 1/2 hours. >> spider-man took off just a little bit and got stuck and just swung like a pendulum dangling in the air, while three rather large stagehands with technical things on their heads came out and tried to grab his foot to bring him down. >> reporter: with a successful and profitable run in hollywood, the musical based on spider-man attracted one of broadway's top directors, julie taymore who made the lion king a theatrical sen session. >> at the end of the day, i think it's a great show. i love the music, i love what julie is putting on. >> reporter: while things might
look scary at the moment, spider-man will be the first to tell you, that from potential disaster can come great work. lead producer michael cole says what matters to him is what the audience thinks and what ticket prices going for up to $285 apiece, though he won't put a number on it, he says so far the box office for spider-man is huge. >> okay, anne thompson, thank you very much. just ahead one woman's online shopping nightmare, she claims she was harassed, even stalked by a company she bought glasses from.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time to get a check on the morning commute. >> we are dealing with a pretty big back up on the northeast outer loop. we have a disabled vehicle as you approach perring parkway. it is back up to 95. calling all the way to ride around providence.
if you are heading out in catonsville and rolling road and frederick road, we have an accident clearing. heavy delays on the west side . 12th miles per hour all the way to edmondson. 35 miles per hour on 95 coming towards the beltway. it is going to take you 11 minutes to travel some i-95 from the beltway southwest down to 32. harford road, that is the pace of things from 95 all the way over close to dulaney valley. we will switch to 8 live view of an accident scene approaching the harbor tunnel. watch for a crash off to the shoulder. >> we are watching the rain coming in from the west here. hd doppler picking up showers. mostly in the western suburbs. they are moving eastbound. if it is not running in your house, it will be at some point during the day. rainshowers likely. it will be a mile the day.
high temperatures in the mid-to- upper-fifties. rain in the morning tomorrow and clearing up in the afternoon. morning high of 54. chilly but dry on thursday. the could be a little bit of light rain or snow over the weekend. high temperatures only in the 30's to party. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information grid back at 7:55 with another update.
morning, it's the 30th of november, 2010. a lot of folks kicking off their morning down there in the distance in rockefeller plaza in the shadow of the great rockefeller center. the christmas tree will get lit tonight. courtesy of al and natalie. the ceremony airs here on nbc and if you are in front of the set, or if you're in new york,
come on down and check it out. just ahead in this half hour, something you probably noticed as you have done your shopping for holiday groceries, prices are rising for the most basic foods, things like milk, meat, sugar. we'll talk about why it's happening and what you can do to save on your next grocery bill. >> also what it really takes to become a princess. kate middleton the living that dream. we'll have a live report from buckingham palace. millions will be spent at malls in the next couple of weeks. but it doesn't have to be a blow to your diet. we'll have a lite of the healthiest food at your area mall. in a moment, we're going to talk to a woman who learned a difficult lesson. but first amy robach has her story. >> reporter: online shopping as we all know can be quick and
easy, but clarabell rodriguez's simple purchase online for some eyewear turned into an extremely troubling ordeal. >> it's just appalling. i have never experienced anything like this before. >> reporter: clarabell was in the market for some new glasses and found herself online. >> i googled and i picked the first one. this one has a huge selection and looked legitimate. >> reporter: when her shipment arrived, she says her frames didn't look like the name brand she ordered and was overcharged. rodriguez wasn't having it. she called the company and talked to a manager who said his name was tony russo. >> i said i was going to contact the credit card company and that's when he went nuts, he started yelling at me, he started cursing at me at the top of his lungs. >> reporter: rodriguez says that phone call will begin a
three-month ordeal which she documented every step of the way. rodriguez filed a complaint with the new york attorney general's office. >> that one definitely got to me. i was a mess and i really, really thought he was going to come after me. >> reporter: rodriguez started to do some research online, what she found shocked her. >> he threatened people in australia, he has threatened people in japan, hong kong, hundreds of negative reviews. >> reporter: there are other people who had the exact same experience that you did? >> its unfortunate, yes. >> reporter: he kind of marvels at the amounts of hits that he gets despite the fact that he's so obnoxious. >> reporter: i was just saying it is possible true that all the complaints that you managed to generate as a businessman are good for your business?
and he was kind of delighted to say it absolutely is. >> reporter: in a statement to nbc news, mr. borker said it has never been my intention to run a business based on negative feedback. i simply saw that my google ranking increased as the number of bloggers both positive and negative. >> what's the overall lesson that you learned from this? >> just be extremely careful and review. you just have to be more cautious. >> reporter: and rodriguez said that only after the "new york times" reached out to her credit cart company was her account finally refunded. for his part, mr. borker told nbc news that he is only aware of one complaint against him. >> good morning to you both.
if i could start with you, i'm thinking about all the people who went online shopping yesterday for cyber monday, some will have good experiences, some will not. but what happened to you is unlike anything you have ever experienced? >> i have never experienced anything like that before. it's absolutely frightening. a nightmare. >> linda borker who runs the site where you bought your glasses issued a statement. he says, quote, i know that i am very rude at times, i'm running a small business with a lot of issues on a daily basis. i am simply too tired most of the time to adequately assess the situation and have an appropriate response. you said this went beyond inappropriate behavior, that you were truly scared for your life and your safety? >> definitely i still am. i have had to change everything at home. >> what do you mean? >> just the locks are different.
my fiance and i, we have this, where we rings the doorbell, he's got a code for me and so that's the only way i open the door, i don't open the door for anyone else. and when i'm walking down the street, i'm looking over my shoulder, i don't have peace of mind. >> all clarabell did was type in the name of the eyeglass that she wants and up pop this is website and she assumes it's way up at the top, it's got to be on the up and up so she contacts him. it's kind of what any consumer would do, isn't it? >> it's the wrong assumption, if it's at the top of the list, it just means that a lot of people are looking at it. take that website, put it into google and see what other people are saying about it. we have got someone who has been incredibly brave, but she's been cyber stalked and harassed.
this is isn't an e commerce issue, it's a real threat. >> if you go down this path, you haven't checked out the company, do you have any recourse when something like this harassment happens to you? >> harassment, absolutely, you call your attorney general, fraud, you call your credit card company. i have never seen anything this egregious, and i do this all the time. i can't even count the crimes that were involved here and i always count on the stupidity of cyber criminals and in this case he's making our job easy. >> he told the "new york times" that he doesn't really care whether he gets positive or negative publicity because it boosts it's google ranking either way. so he prefers to be on the top so does google bear any responsibility here? >> i don't want google reviewing where you should be shopping or not. but using google to find out how credible somebody is, that will
let you see who they -- this guy is going to be stalked. top of the search engines or not, he's probably going to be spending some time in jail. >> the attorney general is still review this? >> apparently they're still reviewing everything, they have contacted me and they're taking action. >> and do you know what that means by taking action? >> i found out that he was arrested, i'm not sure -- i know he's going to be arraigned in december. i'm not sure what that means, i'm not sure if he's going to go to trial. i really don't know what's going to happen to him. >> and in the meantime, you sit in your apartment wondering when somebody rings the doorbell, who is it going to be? >> yes, without an order of protection. >> all right, thank you clara for joining us, bottom line, consumer beware. >> beware and use your credit card and know where you're
putting your money. >> this is world aids day. let's check your weather and see what's happening, we'll show you, a big storm moving in the pacific northwest, where we're looking at rain and snow in the mountains and it's just going to continue, they have been getting hammered day and in and day out. inland, we're talking about anywhere from six to nine inches of snow. i should say a slight risk of strong storms in the southeast, heavy rain moving up and down the ohio river valley. snow back to the central plains, icy conditions in the pacific northwest, a lit >> the rain will be moving through as we have to the day and picking up in intensity in the afternoon and evening hours. the afternoon and evening hours.
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price of eggs up 7%. why is it happening now? >> it really depends on the commodity, so you have extreme weather over much of the summer, that impacted the corn price, because that's what they eat. sugar is up because of ethanol and you have high energy prices affecting everything. >> the last time i mentioned in the introduction was 2008. but we have got much more difficult economic time times, e are out of work and relying on public assistance. >> you're going to see the retailers, the grocery stores and the restaurants are not going to pass along all of these increases. you have had companies like starbucks announcing they're going to increase prices on the drinks that are big and difficult to make. they figure you're waying $4 for a vennte, you would pay more.
consumers need to understand where these prices are going to come from. so that means paying attention to what the prices already are. when you go to the grocery store for instance, you want to know what things cost now so you can recognize an increase. >> you say the size of the package is very important. >> it actually is important. because a trick that some of these retailers will use is to shrink the size of the package, the size of the box, the size of the container and if you don't recognize that, you're going to end up paying more for the same amount of merchandise. >> what about store brands? >> we have see a lot of consumers switch to store brands, switch to generics and they're going to continue to make that switch. >> i'm sorry, something struck me as funny. they're going to continue to stick with the generic brands as they go. >> what about sales? >> if you can get yourself --
i'm going to kill you, you can get people to really pay attention in couponing through the circulars that you get in the sunday papers, you're going to be able to continue to get better deals. >> meredith is not helping me out here. i want you to know my partner is making it hard for me here. you don't have to sacrifice healthy choices for junk food. >> if you're looking at bringing home fruits and vegetables, things like that, those are where the prices are going to go up. look in the freezer section because they're cheaper and you can make sure that your family puts a healthy meal on the table. >> did you do that 124. >> yes. >> thanks. >> talk to me again about the packaging? -- turning to kate middleton, the latest from the royal wedding. dad, did you know it's 22 days, 11 hours
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prince water vapor imagery h has ---prince william has had enough time in the royal family, but what about kate middleton? a recent poll here compared to william -- william has no designs on leap frogging his father despite public opinion which may come as a relief to his future wife kate, it gives her more time to get ready for a more important and difficult role. >> reporter: from kate to her royal highness, from just a girl to a future queen, it's a daunting transition, while in school, kate had a practice run as the heroine of "my father lady." kate is coached on how to be a lady. and now it's for real.
and now there are lots of dangerous new pitfalls. >> we have rules about who speaks first, how you address people. >> the middletops are commoners are not of aristocratic blood. they do have money and their youngest daughter has led a privileged life, the best schools t right social circles. >> i think kate's family is like millions of families in britain nowadays. >> but being williams's wife will mean much more than just knowing which fork to use. like how does she greet the new grandmother in law. it's not as easy as you might think. >> just a little bob. >> etiquette guru liz brewer taught me the courtesy. here she is trying to be the queen. >> hi. >> no, we don't say hi. >> kate, actually the palace referred katherine, will be
courtesying for the rest of her life. >> she will have to show her true personality, but at the same time remaining dignity and she has to slow glamour without bling. >> reporter: a difficult balance to strike, one that diana had trouble mastering even with her aristocratic blood. >> i think having dated for seven years, known each other for nine, so almost a decade together as friends and lovers, it's probably adequate training to be a princess. >> reporter: there's another young woman who will be watching kate's transition very closely. prince harry's on again off again girlfriend chelsy davy may be invited to the wedding. who knows? her prince may be the next one to pop the question. >> thank you very much. excellent courtesy, by the way. >> have you ever courtesied?
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astrazeneca may be able to help. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time for another check of the morning commute. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> busy ride, especially for motorists in the city. this one involves a pedestrian at luzerne ave and fayette street. blockages possible there. watch for closures and delays. at columbia, 108, centennial lane, accident location. have heavy delays around the area, especially about 95.
southbound. -- for miles per hour on average. 11 miles per hour on the west side. once you get a little further south, that is when things start to get heavy. 20 miles per hour on southbound 83. we will give you a quick live look outside and show you what is going on. this is the pace of things on the outer loop northeast corner. this one is clear. 895 south approaching the harbor tunnel. things are getting back to normal there. >> the light rain is just beginning to move into the baltimore area. it will pick up in intensity as we head through the day and into tonight. flood watch in effect. we could pick up another inch or two of rain. rainshowers likely. that is the forecast for today. high temperatures in the upper 50s.
tradition. >> how many years have you been doing this? >> when i started wnbc, 24 years. >> 24 years? >> when it first started, it was five minutes at the end of our local newscast live at 5:00 and now it's grown into this extravel za. >> join us at 8:00 eastern, 7:00 central, for christmas in rockefeller center, right here on nbc. >> meanwhile, a lot of people are going to the malls to do some christmas shopping, right? >> you can navigate your way through the food court, so you can eat healthy while your spend your money. >> plus we're going to update you on a story of an american woman who was nearly killed when the earthquake struck haiti earlier in the year. she ended up losing her leg, but she's an incredibly resilient
young lady. she recently went back to haiti and met the man who saved heifer life. we're going to talk to kristen in just a couple of minutes. we're going to be really inspired by the stuff that's happened in her life. and we're going to reveal the truth about some beauty products that you may not know. >> before we get into any of that, we understand that jim had a little fun at your experience. >> i interviewed kim kardashian for the nbc people of the year 2010 special. you can see kim really has an affect on people. i think matt was affected as well. take a look. >> so many people seem to gravitate to you. why? you must have thought about it? >> i think that they feel like they can somehow relate to me or maybe a member in my family. people feel like i'm one of them.
>> you actually look like you've done that before. >> i have some advice for leno's writers, watch the segment that matt was cast into today and you can put some of that in. >> thanks a lot, let's start with the news and we have got some serious news to get to in fact. including this story, overnight a five-hour standoff with a gunman at a high school in wisconsin ended with all 23 hostages ended up harmed. the 15-year-old shot himself as he s.w.a.t. teams entered the classroom. >> all the kids got out, thank
god. when the s.w.a.t. guy jumped on him and we heard one more shot. the white house is clamping down on classified documents in the wake of wick i can leakki w leak's documents. union leaders said that they will reject president obama's proposal to freeze the way of 2 million federal workers for the next two years. the white house says the move will save $5 billion. the senate has rejected efforts to repeal a tax provision that will help pay for the new health care law. senators agree that the paper work creates a paper work nightmare, but they cannot agree to work out the revenue. more worries about europe's financial stabilities, that's
melis melissa francis with more on this. >> the worry is that spain or portugal will follow in the footsteps of ireland that's weighing on the euro, pushing the euro lower. as the dollar moves higher, u.s. stocks move lower, that has been the relationship lately, looks like the dow could end about even. the main event, the jobs report on friday, ann, back to you. >> melissa francis, thank you very much. now here's brian williams with what's coming up on "nightly news." >> when we join you for the first time since the elections t gop leadership is going to sit down with the president, will they figure out how to work together and make washington -- let's go back outside to matt and meredith. >> it's actually lovely out here right now.
>> hopefully nice for the lighting. >> al, will it be nice for the lighting? >> it's been in the low 50s, in fact we have got the forecast for you right now. let's take a look and show you what's happening. our forecast, about 7:00, 52 degrees, a 30% chance of light rain, 53 degrees and a 40% chance of light rain, light winds. so not too bad, there's the rain you can see coming up through the ohio river valley, down to the southeast, it is pushing toward the east and that will bring heavy rain into the interior sections of new york state. a slight risk of strong storms. the snow is back to minnesota, we have got frigid weather through the central plains, sunshine but cooler through the southwest. >> rain will be likely as we head through the day, especially later this afternoon and evening. heavy rain at that time. at least it will be mild
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we're back now at 8:10 with "today's" update 2010. this morning a remarkable surviv survivor. we first met her just days after the devastating earthquake in haiti. she was in the hospital and had just lost her leg. we'll talk to her in a moment, but first here's nbc's kerry sanders. >> on a country road for the first time since the earthquake, american krista bremford is back in haiti, here to thank the american teenager who saved her life. tears of joy and recognition, were it not for him, she would be dead. >> the house she was in collapsed, trapping her under the rubble.
they dug and dug and dug, finally pulling her to freedom. but as this snapshot reveals from last january, her leg was severely mangled. you may remember krista hours after the amputation, she joins us on the "today" show, her attitude was inspirational. >> there are a lot of people in haiti who won't. >> and going back was always her plan. >> it's not every day that you lose your foot and you find another brother. >> what draws you back here? >> i was pretty scared to come back, even on the plane, i was like is this really the right idea? but i promised. >> reporter: a promise to use all her abilities to ensure the school where she volunteered was rebuilt and landed back on its feet the way she now can. krista who lives in arizona can still rock climb, so her determination in haiti now comes as no surprise. she's working to secure winston
an educational visa to study in the united states. >> reporter: she says you're her brother. >> and she's my sister. >> it means a lot to be able to keep my promise. >> reporter: krista's belief as she has overcome, so too can her adopted country. for "today," kerry sanders, nbc news, haiti. >> krista, nice to see you, i remember that interview we did with you, i remember that smile of yours. i think something that was interesting, we were talking in the commercial break, you don't really remember much about doing that interview with me right after you had lost your leg? >> no. >> you were still kind of call up in all the trauma of the event of the first of all, congratulations, you're engaged, which is wonderful. >> thank you.
>> there's a lot of destruction still in haiti. plus a cholera outbreak. were you afraid to go back at all? >> yeah, i was. the caller of the elections, the devastation from the earthquake is really a harsh life there, still. and i knew it, but seeing it is pretty different still. >> i love what you said, you said i promised i would come back and i left without being able to say goodbye. it really was important for you to go back and say that? >> i needed to say thank you. it's just so amazing to me that these people took so much time out of their lives in such a traumatic situation to help me, and so i have to get back, i have to make sure that i can move forward. >> you created a nonprofit called krista's angels and you had helped to get that school back on its feet and reopen. you were there for the dedication? >> it was really cool to see. it's just so great that this communities is so happy to see
such a tangible sign that they're building again, they're moving forward. and 177 kids will have an education. >> this young man here went and the guy who dug you out of that rubble, you're going to repay him by getting an education and you're getting closer to accomplishing that, aren't you? >> it's been a long process, and we're hoping that he'll have a visa in early january and shortly after that be able to go to alaska with my parents and finish high school. >> on the tape with kerry sanders, i saw you walking on the street, and you walk amazingly well. what has your recovery been like? >> it's been easier than i expected. each step you get on your prosthetic, you get a little bit better, you get a little bit smoother, now i really do feel like i don't have any limitations at all. >> when you first saw the doctor and they told you they were going to have to amputate and
you knew it and you said will i still be able to run a marathon? and darn it, you're going to do that too? >> i don't know how long it's going to be, but just two weeks ago, i got my first running leg. the one with the c that people have seen? >> where do you get your energy? you've got enormous inner strength. >> i don't know, i just keep going. >> i hope you'll remember this one. great to see you. up next, something we could all use, a new list of america's healthy mall proof. it's right after this. yeah. your mother's brother went to summer camp with my uncle's friend's acuntant. we're practically family. jason? who? my mom's brother's accountant. yeah. that guy is a maniac. okay. i love jason.
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>> that's what people want, that's what consumers want and when you're going to the mall, you need to stay fueled and you don't want to fill up. >> this is a salmon dish. >> pf chang's chinese bistro, and we want people to split this, because when you split it, it's only 230 calories, plus you can save money which you can spend later. >> and you've got the protein and the veggies. >> and this great morroccan salad. you get tons of veggies which many of us are lacking at this time of year. >> and that is actually what i'm looking at. i'm surprised this is a half portion. >> this is a half portion and order it that way. ask for the half portion. and this, you were saying earlier, is the perfect snack. if you need something to tide you over, this is from starbucks. you get some chicken, you get some peta, some hummus and
you're going to get some protein and fine tore help you feel full. >> and this is the combination of the protein and the veggies that you like so much? >> bowls are really big right now because again you get that good blend of the protein, whole grains and veggies. and this is 510 calories. >> that seems a little high to me. >> make this your main meal of the day, it's also a little bit high never sodium. but if you're shopping all day long, you need to be satisfied. >> and this is broccoli beef with white rice. i always thought white rice is not a good thing. >> unfortunately, panda express does not yet have the brown/white option. this is only 340 calories, it's got a lot of fiber and it helps you feel full with the fiber. >> and the sodium, it seems like a lot.
>> this is a really light sodium option, for asian food. especially food court fares. look for less than 700, but 740 is not so bad. >> when you go to all these food court little restaurants, or whatever you want to call them, kiosks, do they list all the calories there? >> we're lucky because here in new york, they have to by law. but you can go online and look at their menus before hand. >> this is obviously subway and a vegetarian choice. >> when you go, ask for the whole grain roll. this is just the white one, but that's going to be better for you. >> and now we have another chicken dish, this is an asian chicken salad that is very high in protein. >> 31 grams of protein, which is about half of what most women would need for the day. that's going to keep you feeling really full, unlike many salads where you're looking for a cookie about an hour later. >> sodium is an issue here, 810
milligrams of sodium. >> make sure to then the rest of the day go very light on sodium and get some fruits and veggies. >> you don't think we should split that portion? >> you absolutely could and again, it's going to keep you really full from all the fiber and the protein. if you want to lower the sodium, split it with a friend. >> people put down mcdonald's all the time, but there are healthy choice. >> and this would be great for a kid or great to go and have after work. you get some walnuts and grapes and 210 calories. >> what's it about walnuts, people say that is the best nut you can eat. >> they have omega three fatty acids in them and they're delicious. >> you can find these all over the country? >> these are options you can find nationwide and we're just thrilled that there are options out there for people. >> no excuse to eat healthy when
>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a final check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> latest accident southbound j.f.x. at northern parkway. we have delays back to the beltway. those are going to linder heading into the city. luzerne ave and fayette street, we are dealing with a crash at 108 and centennial. 10 miles per hour on the west
side out of the pit that is backing up traffic on southbound 95. crawl on the northeast outer loop. you can see the delays remain on southbound 82 from padonia road down to the beltway. let's give you a live look at traffic and show you what it looks like on the northeast corner. inching along towards dulaney valley. we will switch over to a live view of traffic at old court. there are the best site delays. that is the pace of things towards 95. >> light rain has moved into the baltimore area. light rain and sprinkles right now. it will pick up in intensity as we head through the day today. rainshowers likely. it is going to be a mile the day. high temperatures expected in the upper 50s. heavy rain possible tonight. minor flooding to reign ends tomorrow morning. it will clear up in the afternoon. temperatures will drop late in the day. thursday and friday, at dry and
hard to call him an elf, he's 6'4". we're going to talk to him in just a little while. remember, we're taking donations until december 22 out on the plaza and on our website, todayshow.com. just ahead on the program, we are going to announce "sports illustrate illustrated"'s sportsman of the year. coming up, when you start decorating for the holiday, we want you to start thinking outside of the box. nate berken is here, and he says, you don't even need a tree this year, that's how outside the box nate is. >> i think i want a tree. also coming up, the truth about what's actually in our beauty products. >> absolutely. >> we have slathered stuff on you. >> i'm slathered right now. >> hello and good morning to bob saggett.
bob, strange days with bob saggett, that's redundant, isn't it? >> everything i do is strange. >> tell me about the show, what's the idea about it? >> i was studying sub cultures, i guess like a george clinton, i went on the road with a motorcycle club, i got in the side car, because i'm not a rider and i rode from nashville daytona with these interesting characters. >> you also went looking for big foot. >> i look for big foot in the one that airs tomorrow night. >> did you look for big foot? >> if i had, it would be mangle. he is running because he is not proportional. his feet and his hands don't match. >> you also look it ed at wrest? >> i hate a lot of nachos.
the mucho librador. i also went to camp with 12-year-olds. >> these are all things you have wanted to do in your life? >> this is my bucket list. >> still doing standup? >> still on tour for months. it's been a strange time for me this year, and really worthwhile, i love this show. >> it sounds like a really cool show. we loved having you. >> and you all look amazing. >> good luck with it, bob, nice to have you here. mr. roker. >> you go upstairs and we can get your slathered with some beauty products. let's check your weather and see what's happening, we have got a risk of strong storms in the southeast coast, heavy rains move into the northeast, a mess in the pacific northwest, and we have got snow showers back through the great lakes. tomorrow heavy rain here in the northeast, windy conditions, showers in the pacific northwest, mild through the
southwest, cool but at least the sun will be out throughout much >> the rain will be moving through as we have to the day and picking up in intensity in the afternoon and evening hours. >> and don't forget, you can get your weather any time of the day or night on the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. the first ever commercial space flight company is going to be sending civilians into space.
we got to ask, what is that about? >> one of the new magazines called project is on the ipod, it's bringing me the best of the ipod together with the best magazine every launched and the great thing about using an ipod is that we have got jeff bridges on the front cover and we interviewed him and you can hear him walking. >> this is really happening. when you first brought this up years ago, i thought this is nuts. where do we stand right now? >> well, we're about 12 months away. >> you're going on the first flight? >> i'll be on the first flight. destiny. >> the mother ship finished, it's veriarily finished.
the rocket has taken place. spaceship 1 has been up three times so this is much bigger than spaceship 1. >> on the test flight, it did very well? >> that's a good thing. >> how long is it going to be before a lot of people can go up? >> we have nearly 500 people signed up to go. and so a year to 15 months from now, we're going to start taking the public up. and the price is not cheap, it's a couple hundreds thousand dollars. >> people have to give a full body scanner pat down to go through? >> well, they can wear this. >> good luck, it's nice to have you back, holly great to see you as well. something intergalactic is about to happen. we're going to reveal
back now with a big moment, "sports illustrated" magazine names a person or a team sportsman of the year for their accomplishments both on and off the playing feel. >> this year's honoree contributed to the super bowl in new orleans. drew brees, congratulations. >> here you come over here. >> and you now join other legends like mohammed ali, michael jordan, jack nicholas. what does this mean to you? >> it just makes me reflect on
the last five years in new orleans and the teams i have had an opportunity to play for. it's a special dream. >> you're getting this because of your great accomplishments on the field, but "sports illustrated" went on to say it's about much more than this. it really helped new orleans get back on its feet. is it an idea that athletes don't have to be role models? >> i think that athletics goes way beyond the playing feel, it's the opportunity we all have to be able to model, especially for small children and just understanding how many people look up to you and i was a kid once and looked up to athletes and you kind of lived on every word and deed and i certainly take that responsibility. >> you have actually written about this, you said i was trying to rebuild my shoulder and my career. the organization was rebuilding its reputation and the city was restoring not only homes, but also the lives of its people. why not do this together and lean on each other in the process.
it seems like a good advice for many people around the country. lean on each other. >> i needed new orleans so badly back in 2006. really just somebody to believe in me, somebody to care about me and that's why myself and my wife throw ourselves into the community and do our part. we just want to be able to do our part and feel like you're fulfilling a purpose. >> you know what's nice, the trophy comes with a patch that you wear on your jersey and that means no defensive player can hit you from now on. did you know that? >> that's right. >> you just found out that your wife is pregnant again. you have a little boy bow on. >> she told me in the kitchen, i
around the house. >> everyone is always curious to know how can we do something interesting and unique with our table. and the big sener pieces are the first thing to get moved off the table when you're done eating. did you know it was good luck if you found a bird? >> birds are good luck. so birds are the first element to start decorating the holiday table. this one obviously says matt. this is $10, week use it as a place card holder on an ornament. and just building a place setting here, i have a piece of pine that you can buy at any crafts store. simple every day dishes, you don't have to go out and buy holiday china. >> what is this? >> this is garland and this would go around the tree traditionally, but i have used it as a piece of a napkin ring. and a great conversation starter, christmas carol place cards and give everybody a
verse. >> and this is not only decorative, but also functional. >> i'm always the guy that drops the gravy on the white table cloth. and i love using simple packing paper which is what this is as a table runner or you can cut it into a table cloth or place mats. >> you take some of the ornaments we would normally put on the tree and you like this festive centerpiece. >> if you're trying to decorate the table, you've got extra ornaments, we have got garland down the center of the table. >> these are flameless candles. >> they are. >> do you feel you lose a little bit of the spirit that way? >> i don't feel that candles should smell on the dinner table, have you ever had a cinnamon flavored chicken wing? these are remote, matt. >> do you have a clapper? and how much are things like this? >> the candles are -- this is
all stuff that's easily available, everywhere across the country, from michael's crafts to west elm, to the box of ornaments you've got sitting in your garage. >> meredith is patiently waiting. >> you say not to worry. >> i don't think you should worry. if you don't have room for a tree, there's some other creative solutions. one, where do the stockings go? i love the idea of tying them with some beautiful ribbons on the back of everybody's chair. you can go one step further and add a name tag if you choose. nice festive holiday table. >> you say you just pull out a ladder from the garage? >> a lot of people have ladders, very rustic, painted, i found this garland of painted balls at west elm. this is where i have attached the stockings with ribbon. well, i hope to get a lot of presents. and then there's even more room to decorate with photos of the kids and things like that.
it's just about being more free, being very creative and taking the ornaments off the tree. >> and the pictures are from winter themes. >> exactly snow themes. >> very nice. >> thank you very much. thank you for coming and sharing your expertise. >> speaking of the holidays, we're going to remind you that the rockefeller christmas tree lighting is tonight. maria carey, sus an boyle will be here with us.
this morning on "today's" beauty, the truth of the beauty products. the average woman using around 12 beauty products each day. and many of us have no idea what's in them. the author of a book called "there's no more dirty looks." a trade organization that works with the cosmetics industry. >> let me start with you, you want this book to be a wakeup call about the cosmetics industry and it all started when
you went for a girl's day out at a salon, right? >> we went for a treatment called the brazilian blowout. >> it's a hair treatment? >> it's a hair treatment, we get into the gory details on page one of the book. but the short story is we found out that we had basically gone for a formaldehyde treatment. that was what was in the products they put on our hair. >> you came out with some pretty hard criticism about the cosmetic industry. what is your biggest gripe with the the industry? >> our biggest gripe about the industry is that as consumers, when we go to the store and buy a product, we assume that some public health a gt si has vetted it for safety and with cosmetics that's not the case. >> when we talk about it in terms of ingredients in the cosmetics that we should be
concerned about. >> there's all kinds of ingredients in cosmetics, things like lead in lipstick, and formaldehyde that was in our hair treatment. all kinds of surprising things that actually don't really do anything for your looks. >> and might possibly you said make you sick. >> possibly. but the biggest point is why risk it? because they're not doing us any favors. >> you've done research. >> these are chemicals that continue to utilize our natural hormones. particularly to the unborn child that's developing and needing those hormones, it can make things go wrong. >> why are they in the products to begin with? >> they don't really need to be. many products don't have them. but they're put in for various
reasons, maybe because they hold color, they hold scent. they might be in the bottle because it makes the bottle flexible and so on. but when you put these products on your body, you can measure the by products in your urine a few hours later. >> we have done some studies of humans not of rats so there's always some questions about what did we control. but yes, we did find that boys who are exposed to higher levels of some of these substances have problems in their brain. >> we put this stuff on us many, many times a day, whether it's lotions or cosmetics, what does the industry really do to guarantee this stuff is safe?
>> i think it's important to know that the fda has regulated products for years. >> isn't this a self regulated industry? >> the food and drug administration assesses the health and safety of ingroediens when there's a concern. there's also a panel of medical doctors and scientists who conduct reviews of ingredients and the industry at the end of the day assesses the ingredientses that go into the product to make sure they're safe. >> why do you need to put things like lead or formaldehyde in a product? >> it's the environment we're exposed to every day in the water we drink and the food we eat and it's impossible to remove lead from products.
and the fda has said this, if you go to their website they'll tell you that they have assessed lead values in lipsticks and found that there's no -- they're found in products all over the world. >> we don't believe in arguing about the amount of carcinogens, we have switched out all of our products and we prefer the products we use now. hands down, no exceptions. >> what advice would you give to people who are going out and using this stuff? >> i think people need to inform themselves a little bit better. be armed with information so they can make healthy decisions for themselves and it doesn't mean throwing out every single thing that you own. it just means making some smarter choices. >> the book is called "no more dirty looks." and we are back after your local
news and a look at the weather as well. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's look at one of our top stories this morning. president obama is turning his attention to decreasing the national debt and wants to freeze the pay of federal workers through 2012. it is expected to hit marylanders especially hard. the president says the plan will save $2 billion next year and another $5 billion a year after. it would affect all federal civilian workers and the department of defense employees but no
>> now let's take a look at the forecast with tony pann. >> the rain will be with us off and on through the day. it will pick up intensity this evening and overnight. that is when the heaviest rain will come high temperatures expected in the upper 50's. in the 50's tomorrow morning. temperatures will fall in the afternoon. it will be breezy on wednesday as well. chilly and try on thursday and friday. there is a possibility of a little bit of light rain or snow saturday into sunday. >> we will have another weather update at 9:25.